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I'm finally testing Montecristo by Masque Milano and WOW-WOW-WOW!

Composed by Delphine Thierry (who also worked on Galaad and Akkad by Lubin and a couple of the Cloon Keen Atelier stuff), Montecristo is definitely a wower for anyone who like skanky /musky / spicy / woody things.

The opening is literally arresting. A skank overload provided by a thick amount of hirax and other animalic musks. It immediately brings to mind of the fecal opening of MKK but whereas the Lutens morphes into a floral rosey thing, Montecristo gets all dark and moody with tobacco, resins and some of the darkest patchouli ever. Boozy / balmy notes lurk in the back providing some smoothness to an otherwise extremely challenging fragrance. The result is fascinating to say the least. The fragrance is pervaded by a warm animalic vibe throughout. Sort of a mash up between Lubin's most oriental offerings and heavy animalic musks fragrances a-la Musk Tonkin and MKK.

MANDATORY! Seriously.

Head Notes

Cabreuva, Ambrette Seeds, Rum

Heart Notes

Tobacco Leaves, Celery Seeds, Cistus, Benzoin

Base Notes

Golden Stone, Styrax Gum, Gaiac Wood, Cedar Wood, Patchouli